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Date: Friday, March 1, 2019 - 3:00pm to Friday, March 29, 2019 - 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive snakes enjoy their feast every other week. March 1, 15 & 29.

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 3:00pm to Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Wednesday and Saturday.

Register by March 25

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)
Let’s kick off this season’s wild edible programs with the basics of plant identification. Learn just what plant taxonomy is and why you should practice it. Weather and plants permitting, this program will include a hike.

Register by March 25

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 5:30pm to 9:00pm

Location: Bass Pro Shop

Register by March 25

Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Bring your own shotgun and your favorite hunting load for pattering your shotgun.

Register by March 29

Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 8:00am to 11:00am

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Patterning your shotgun is a very important part of hunting that is overlooked by many hunters. We will discuss the principles of how to use different ammunition and chokes to achieve the most effective pattern for your shotgun.

Register by March 25

Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Clinton MDC Office

Students will participate in activities related to Turkey Hunting. Activities will include shotgun shooting, Turkey calling and hunting techniques, and archery. For more information call 660-885-6981

Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (families)
Spring has sprung at Burr Oak Woods! Let’s head out on the trails (will be stroller friendly) to explore how creatures great and small wake up when the season changes. From wildflowers blooming to birds singing we are sure to find lots of natural happenings. Dress for the weather. Bring your binoculars or borrow a pair from us.

Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (ages 2+)
Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! We will meet birds, mammals and all sorts of magnificent creatures! We will cross rivers, discover mysteries within the forest and fly across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits.

Register by March 30

Date: Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Turkey hunting is a great way to spend time with family and friends while enjoying nature in spring. This workshop is designed to teach participants how to more successfully hunt the wild turkey. We’ll discuss turkey biology, hunting equipment, regulations and strategies that will make you a more confident turkey hunter.

Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Join us for a celebration of nature as seen through the eyes of area students. View student artwork portraying nature in their different neighborhoods, talk with some of the artists then stick around for the awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 3:00pm to Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration requied (all ages)
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Wednesday and Saturday.

Date: Friday, April 5, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 4:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Visitors to Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center will have the opportunity to select a seedling (short leaf pine or tulip poplar) to plant in celebration of Missouri Arbor Day. One tree per family or group is available while supplies last.

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 5:00am to Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 1:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Public Notice Area Hours
April 6 & 7 · Saturday & Sunday · 5 AM–1 PM
Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area and Nature Center will be CLOSED to the public 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. for your safety during the Youth Managed Turkey Hunt.

Register by April 5

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (adults) Experience the health and wellness benefits of Shinrin-Yoku, the Japanese practice of experiencing the forest and its health benefits. Commonly know as "forest bathing," this health practice has been growing since the 1980's in Japan and more recently in the U.S. Forest bathing is the immersion into nature by slowing down and being mindful experiencing all of one's senses and the interconnection with natural environment. This relaxing walk around the Discovery Center grounds is approximately 2.5 hrs. and is being offered by Michael Beezhold, certified forest therapy guide. For more information on the practice visit https://www.natureandforesttherapy.org or read the recent article in the February 2019 Missouri Conservationist: Good Medicine from the Great Outdoors. This program will take place rain or shine so wear appropriate clothing, bring a cushion, mat or small tripod stool to sit on and water.

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Cluck, Purr, GOBBLE! The wild turkey is our largest native bird and the sounds of tom turkeys gobbling is a sure sign of spring. Join us as we learn about the history of turkey populations in Missouri and the work that has been done to restore their populations. Bring your turkey calls and learn how to use them with some expert callers. Learn about hunting methods and safety precautions that will help you in the turkey woods. Children can make some turkey art using real turkey feathers.

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
What’s perching on that road sign? It’s a red-tailed hawk! Although much smaller than the bald eagle, hawks are one of the most skilled flying hunters in Missouri. Come on in and learn about these aerial critter controllers.

Register by April 9

Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line for youngster only (ages 3–5 with an adult)
We all know the bald eagle but what about Missouri’s other raptors? Hawks are smaller than eagles but play a much larger role in the food web. Join us to learn about the fascinating hawks that call Missouri home. Dress to be outside for hawk hike.

Register by April 9

Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line for youngster only (ages 3–5 with an adult)
We all know the bald eagle but what about Missouri’s other raptors? Hawks are smaller than eagles but play a much larger role in the food web. Join us to learn about the fascinating hawks that call Missouri home. Dress to be outside for hawk hike.

Register by April 9

Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Register by April 8

Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Bring the shotgun you want to pattern and your favorite load.

Register by April 10

Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line for each family member attending (families with children ages 6+)
Experience the songs of nature in the spring. Frogs are performing every night here at Burr Oak Woods, join us for an exciting evening of amphibious music. We will learn to identify Missouri frogs by their own unique songs and visit several ponds to enjoy their concerts. Dress to be outside.

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